Following last month's pick of the month from The Hard Tackle on Borussia Dortmund, there was the realisation that one day, one month there may have to be a joint award from different websites. The Anfield Wrap ensured that 13 December 2012 would be an excellent day for football fans who visited the site with two fantastic articles.
Falling Out Of Love? [MODERN FOOTBALL IS SHITE] is a timely appraisal of modern football in England and where it's heading. Football is littered with denizens from the working classes but with the behemoth known English Premier League growing larger with each TV deal and billionaire owner, is falling out of love inevitable? Kudos to Ben McCausland.
Lucas the Lazarus is a brilliant overview of Lucas Leiva's journey at Liverpool from unwanted man in the middle to essential cog in the Liverpool machine. Not every underwhelming young player will make supporters feel like finding their words and grinding them into oblivion but perhaps it would be wise to temper our criticism of young players. Kudos to Andy Gargett.